Felipe Zapata

Assistant Professor

email:   fzapata@ucla.edu
phone:  (310) 206-4583
office:  Life Science Building 3205
lab:  Life Science Building 3221

Recent Courses


BSc, Biology, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia 2000
PhD., Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, University of Missouri-St. Louis 2010

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding how biological diversity originates and evolves. My research is focused on three inter-related and overlapping topics: i) the discovery and description of biological diversity, ii) the reconstruction of the evolutionary histories of genes, species, and clades, and c) the evaluation of ecological and evolutionary hypotheses to study what factors allow and promote genetic, species, and phenotypic diversity.

Current research areas include: systematic biology, plant biology, statistical phylogenetics, quantitative taxonomy, macroevolution, bio- and phylogeography, computational biology, phylogenetic comparative functional genomics, adaptation, speciation, and tropical biology

To learn more about my research, visit my lab website http://zapatalab.org

Selected Publications

Munro C, Siebert S, Zapata F, Howison M, Damian-Serrano A, Church SH, Goetz F, Pugh PR, Haddock SHD, Dunn CW, "Improved phylogenetic resolution within Siphonophora (Cnidaria) with implications for trait evolution", Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 127 : 823-833 (2018) [link].

Guang A, Zapata F, Howison M, Dunn CW, "An integrated perspective on phylogenetic workflows", Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31 : 116-126 (2016) .

Zapata F. Escallonia. Bernal R, Gradstein SR, Celis M (eds.), "Catalogo de plantas y liquenes de Colombia", Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota Instituto de Ciencias Naturales 31 : - (2015) [link].

Siebert S, Goetz FE, Church SH, Bhattacharyya P, Zapata F, Haddock SHD, Dunn CW., "Stem cells in N anomia bijuga (Siphonophora), a colonial animal with localized growth zones", EvoDevo, 6 : 22- (2015) .

Zapata F, Goetz, FE, Smith SA, Howison M, Siebert S, Church SH, Sanders SM, Ames CL, McFadden CS, France SC, Daly M, Collins AG, Haddock SHD, Dunn CW, Cartwright P, "Phylogenomic analyses support traditional relationships within Cnidaria", PLOS ONE, 10 : e0139068- (2015) .

Howison M, Zapata F, Edwards EJ, Dunn CW, "Bayesian genome assembly and assessment by Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling", PLOS ONE, 9 : e99497- (2014) [link].

Fine PVA, Zapata F, Daly DC, "Investigating processes of Neotropical rain forest tree diversification by examining the evolution and historical biogeography of the Protieae (Burseraceae)", Evolution, 68 : 1988-2004 (2014) [link].

Zapata F, Wilson N, Howison M, Andrade SCS, Jorger K, Schrodl M, Goetz F, Giribet G, Dunn CW, "Phylogenomic analyses of deep gastropod relationships reject Orthogastropoda", Proceedings of the Royal Society-B, 281: : 20141739- (2014) .

Weeks A, Zapata F, Pell SK, Daly DC, Mitchell J, Fine PVA, "To move or to evolve: contrasting patterns of intercontinental connectivity and climatic niche evolution in the Terebinthaceae (Anacardiaceae and Burseraceae)", Frontiers in Genetics - Evolutionary and Population Genetics, 5 : 409- (2014) .

Dunn CW, Howison M, Zapata F, "Agalma: an automated phylogenomics workflow", BMC Bioinformatics, 14 : 330- (2013) [link].